Goshen Public Library
601 S. Fifth St., 533-9531
537-0241, Children’s Services
534-6650, Audiovisual Services
The next installment of the Series Book Parties at the library is set for Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
The event will focus on the Boxcar Children series, and activities, trivia and snacks relating to the Boxcar books will be feature. Registration is required at the Children’s Desk or by calling 537-0241.
Mother Goose Monday
Sessions take place at 10:30 a.m. in Schrock Auditorium. The program includes stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes and play activities. Mother Goose is designed for children up to 2 years old and their caregivers. The program is free and no registration is required.
Sessions are set for Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. This month’s theme is “colors,” and the featured color this week is purple. Children ages 2 to 5 are invited to wear something purple and enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and a craft. This program is free.
Syracuse Public Library
115 E. Main St., 457-3022
For five weeks, adult readers participated in the “Go Green for My Community” reading program. Oct. 1 was the last day to enter, and three winners were selected to choose a local nonprofit organization to receive $25.
More than 130 library patrons took part in the program.
The person who won the category for most books read was Bessie Grimes. Her donation choice was the Friends of the Syracuse Library.
The winning ballots, drawn from about 400 entries, belonged to Niki Pawlicki and Stephen Unruh. Pawlicki designated the Friends of the Library as her nonprofit. Unruh chose the Wawasee-Syracuse Garden Club to receive a $25 contribution.
Bristol Public Library
505 W. Vistula St., 848-7458
A Halloween program will be offered at the library Oct. 26 starting at 11 a.m. Children are invited to dress up as their favorite book characters and visit the library for games, crafts and treats. Prizes will be awarded for the best and most unique costumes.
The public is invited to the Elkhart County Historical Museum Nov. 15 for a Trivia Fundraiser Night. The event will benefit the Bristol Public Library.
Purchased at the library ahead of time, the cost is $90 for a table of 10. That cost is $100 at the door Nov. 15. Individual tickets cost $9 in advance, or $10 at the door.
Staffers are inviting participants to use their imaginations and create something new out of old books during the first-ever Creative Fun with Books Contest at the library.
The contest will have three age categories. Participants can register when they submit their entries. There will be a registration fee of $1 for each submission.
The Friends of the Library say they would appreciate the donation of creative items to sell in a fundraiser after the contest.
Items will be accepted at the library the last week of October and no later than Nov. 1. Projects will be judged during the first week of November.
Those who need books for the contest are invited to check out the Book Sale room at the library. An “idea book” is also available at the circulation desk.
Central High School students will be tutoring at the library in the near future. Call 848-7458 for information.
Registration for Boys and Girls Book Clubs has begun. Boys Book Club meets Tuesday afternoons at 5. Girls Book Club meets Wednesday afternoons at 5. Registration is required.
Preschool Storytime sessions take place Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. Registration is required. Children ages 3 to 5 are invited to the library to share stories, songs, crafts and games.
Lapsit sessions take place Fridays at 11 a.m. and feature stories rhymes, songs and fingerplays. The program is for children up to three years old.
Young Authors Club
The fall session of Young Authors Club has begun. Young authors meet Thursdays at 5 p.m. to work on improving their writing skills and receive feedback. Students in grades four through eight are invited to attend. Registration is required.
Teen Game Night
Teen Game Night is set for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Young people are invited to take their favorite games or systems to the library. All games must have an ESRB rating of Teen or below. Snacks are provided. Registration is not required.
Calling All Crafters
The next Calling All Crafters meeting is set for Oct. 22 at 6 p.m.
The next meeting of the Soul, Ink writers’ group is set for Oct. 23 at 6 p.m.
Soul, Ink is designed to offer constructive criticism and support to writers of all ages and working in all genres.
Milford Public Library
101 N. Main St., 658-4312
“After-school is cool” Tuesday programs are under way at the library. Activities are geared toward children in kindergarten through fifth grade. No sign-up is necessary. On Oct. 22, young people are invited to create a scarecrow. A snack will be provided. Making a Halloween craft will be the featured activity Oct. 29.
Fall Lapsit sessions have started. Lapsit is designed for children up to 3 years old with their caregivers. It is a 20-minute program filled will fingerplays, songs and books. The next sessions are set for Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. This fall’s theme is “Monkeys!” Sign-up is available at the children’s desk.
Fall Preschool Story Time has started. Sessions take place Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. or Thursdays at 7 p.m. Story Time is for children ages 3 to 6 years old and includes fingerplays, books, crafts and a snack. This week’s theme will be “Good Night, Sleep Tight!” Children are invited to wear their pajamas and take their teddy bears to listen to “A Book of Sleep” by ll Sung Na and other bedtime stories.
The public is invited to the library for Family Movie Day Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. The Disney film is Rated G and is 83 minutes long. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
Dial A Story
A new tale is featured each week on Dial A Story. Hear a story by calling 658-9540.
Middlebury Public Library
101 E. Winslow St., 825-5601
Due to construction the library will be closed to the public until Oct. 21. During this time, no items are due, no fees will be charged and items can be returned in the drop book.
‘Let’s Talk About It’
This fall’s “Let’s Talk About It” book discussion theme is “Muslim Journeys: Connected Histories.” The third book featured is “The Ornament of the World” by Maria Rosa Menocal, and Goshen College’s Judith Davis will give the lecture Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
This week, library patrons should use the Community Room entrances for the Babies and Books, Toddler Time and Story Time programs
Teen Craft Night for students in grades six 12 takes place on the first and third Tuesdays at the library from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Call Kelsey at the library for program details. This Tuesday, participants should use Community Room entrances.
Two events in the library community rooms are scheduled Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. The library’s Teen Advisory Board will host “Halloween Crafts” and the Northridge High School German Club will host “Oktoberfest.” Attendees should use the Community Room entrances.
Mini Golf is planned at the library Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This fundraiser is designed to support the library, parks and museum in Middlebury.
Wakarusa Public Library
124 N. Elkhart St., 862-2465
A drawing will take place at the library Thursday to Oct. 31. Patrons are invited to guess how many candles are in a jar and have the opportunity to win a collection of five fall-themed books. One winner will be chosen from these entries.
An “Introduction to Excel” class is set for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Attendees can learn the basics of creating a spreadsheet, adding pictures and more. Registration is required.
The story of three brothers crossing a bridge will be the Story Hour theme Oct. 21 and Oct. 22.
The program for children ages 3 to 5 will take place at 10:15 a.m. in the library meeting room. Registration is required.
Toddler Time will meet on Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. Children ages 25 to 36 months and their caregivers will hear a story about hibernation. Registration is required.
A Book Bites session is set for Thursday at 10:15 a.m. in the children’s area of the library. A story and activity will be offered to children ages 3 to 5 attending this program. No registration is required.
“Slow Reading in a Hurried Age” by David Mikics is given in memory of Doris Mattern by Paula Jo Anderson.
Dial A Story
Children can learn about the “Buckwheat” plant by telephoning the Dial A Story line at 862-4441.